[LAU] [Slightly OT]: small studio tour with photos online

Len Ovens len at ovenwerks.net
Tue May 2 16:03:33 UTC 2017

On Tue, 2 May 2017, Joe Hartley wrote:

> Len Ovens <len at ovenwerks.net> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2 May 2017, Jeanette C. wrote:
>>> May 1 2017, Ralf Mardorf has written:
>>> ...
>>> resp. the missing
>>>> mixing console is a little bit unique,
>>> ...
>>> I have a feeling that most people recommend a mixing desk, but going
>>> directy into the computer is very convenient and saves space. :) Yea, I
>>> do lack a nice hardware channel strip, but a nice one would cost me. :)
>> I have a mixer in my "Studio". Really, it comes from days gone by when I
>> had a Fostex R8 tape machine. I still use it for the mic preamps
>     [ snip ]
>> If I was starting over... a mixer would be much farther down the list.
> I've only recently removed the mixer from my primary workstation.  For the
> most part, it's been replaced by a Mackie passive Big Knob - a big volume
> knob between my Delta 1010's outputs and my powered monitors.  I've
> always preferred hardware volume controls, as there'd be times something
> would happen, like using a plugin that unexpectedly ups the gain by a
> zillion dB, causing a horrific howl.  Rather than fumble with the mouse
> and look for a control, I want the big knob or fader that I can pull down
> NOW to make the bad noise stop.

Physical controls are nice for sure. I would put a control surface higher 
up the list than a mixer. Easy access to a hard wired Mute or Dim switch 
or level control is a good thing to have. I prefer not to reach for the 
monitor amp's control as I set it with a SPL meter when working on a 

Ya, my main development projects are to do with control surfaces so my 
feeling on this matter may be a little skewed :)

Len Ovens

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